I've mentioned it before, and I thought about it again after reading Chris Crawford's interview, but trying to get the game industry to be more like Hollywood is not the best tactic; I'm not even sure it makes sense. Not yet, at least.
And for a simple reason. The tools used to make movies are easy and they get much, much easier every year.
I went to my nephew's christening on Sunday and was asked to film it. I had to learn four things. Open the view screen. Take off the lens cap. Turn the camera on. Press the red record button. That was it.
There are ways of making that process much more complex and costly.
But as of now, there is no way to make game development anywhere even close to that simple. Not without severely restricting the kind of game possible a la RPG Maker.
And if anybody out there likes hip-hop, you should check out Del tha Funky Homosapien's song Proto-Culture featuring Khaos Unique. The song's a paean to the golden age of gaming and even touches on the Playstation era. Here's a sample of the lyrics:
Del: I play games by Capcom with a power glove strapped on
On any platform, I don't spend my dough on Phat Farm
Video games, I got many to play
Before my life expires; fufill my desires
KU: Mastering your hardest boss
Shattering all stars across
Ain't hard to cross the finish line
Floatin' on Daytona
Wex, Gex or Klonoa, we get 'em all at cost
RPG, Platform we transform like Macross
You might know Del better as a voice on two Gorillaz songs, "Clint Eastwood" and "Rock the House." Or maybe you know him as Deltron 3030, a name he explains in this interview:
"I got the idea from 'Megaman X' [the video game] because the regular 'Megaman' was kind of round, cartoony. They souped him up to 'Megaman X' and made him futuristic. I always thought that was a dope idea."